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House, Senate Lawmakers Urge Expanded China Tariff Exclusion Process

Friday, October 19, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, led by Reps. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) and Ron Kind (D-WI), sent a letter urging U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to establish a process to allow U.S. companies to request an exclusion from tariffs recently imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Such a process would afford U.S. companies the opportunity to seek relief if tariffs harm their global competitiveness and would help target the effects of the tariffs on China, rather than on U.S. companies and consumers, according to the letter. A separate Senate letter , signed by 10 Democrats, requests information regarding USTR’s decision not to include an exclusions process in the latest round of tariffs. Exclusion processes were established for the previous two Section 301 tariff lists.

Meanwhile, under the recently signed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018 the Most Favored Nation rate of tariffs for a number of products from China, including some leather products, are lowered, yet the Section 301 tariffs of 10 and 25 percent remain the same.

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